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The 110-mile Paul Bunyan State Trail, one of the nation’s top ten rail-to-trail conversions, is arguably Minnesota's favorite paved trail for hiking, biking, inline skating, snowmobiling and now geocaching.  

Local geocachers have placed so many caches along the length of the trail, that it is known in the geocaching community as a ‘power trail’.  So whether you are new to the sport, or an experienced geocacher, the opportunity to experience adventure and fun in Paul Bunyan’s backyard is as legendary as he is!

Anchored at both ends by Minnesota State Parks, begin or end your Paul Bunyan Trail adventure in Bemidji or Brainerd or at a historic trail town in between. The northern trailhead is located at Lake Bemidji State Park, the southern trail head at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd/Baxter.   Wind through the spectacular state forests of the northwoods , along the shores of lakes, and even cross the Mississippi River.  Dotted with quaint trail towns, many visitor services are accessible – including shuttle service, bike rental and shops, a variety of lodging options and dining choices from a local trailside deli to fine dining.

Including geocaching in your vacation plans provides an opportunity to explore the area beyond the typical ‘tourist’ perspective.


About Area Geocaches:  While Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan GeoTour lists 100 caches, there are over 1,000 to be found!  Local geocachers have placed so many geocaches along the trail that it is known in the geocaching community as a ‘power trail’.  So whether you are new to the sport, or an experienced geocacher, the opportunity to experience adventure and fun in Paul Bunyan’s backyard is as legendary as he is!

Most of the caches are available year around – depending on your hardiness and the actual snow cover which can limit accessibilty.  A variety of other cache hides and challenges in the area trail towns provide caching opportunities to fit your time frame.  Do some or all of them!

• Contact a member of the local NorthStar GeoSeekers Club for tips on caching the area: www.northstargeoseekers.com

Google Map Here

What is Geocaching?:  Geocaching, the creators of the geocaching sport, Geoaching apps and the web site www.geocaching.com, has as its mission:  to inspire outdoor play using location-based technology that supports outdoor recreational areas and brings online communities together in physical locations.  It is a free outdoor treasure hunt where players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online at www.geocaching.com.  Specifically, the meaning of the word geocaching refers to GEO for geography, and CACHING, the process of hiding a cache.  A cache is term used in hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions.

This rapidly growing sport is for those who love technology, nature and adventure. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
It’s a great outdoor family activity that can provide excitement, exercise and education .  All ages and levels of mobility can enjoy it.  With over 1 million caches hidden around the world, often hidden at places you never knew existed or wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.

 

Helpful Links


www.northstargeoseekers.com

www.exploreminnesota.com


Geocaching Resource
Geocaching.com - Sign up for a free account and get started with the basic how-to's.
Lake Bemidji State Park - Geocaching 'Demo Park'

Transporation
Bemidji Regional Airport (BJI) - Services by Delta Skywest & connection Car Rental Agencies
Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD) - Serviced by Delta Skywest connection Car Rental Agencies
Embracing Pines Shuttle Service


Bike Rental Shops
The Bike Guy (Bemidji)
Outdoor Program Center – Bemidji State University
Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge (Bemidji)
Northern Cycle (Bemidji)
Chase on the Lake (Walker)
Cycle, Path, & Paddle (Pequot Lakes)
Martin's Sport Shop (Nisswa)
Trailblazer Bikes (Brainerd/Baxter and Nisswa)
Easy Riders Bicycle and Sportshop (Brainerd)

 


Lodging
Bemidji
Walker
Pine River
Pequot Lakes
Nisswa
Brainerd - VisitBrainerd.com
Brainerd - ExploreBrainerdLakes.com

 

Dining
Bemidji
Walker
Pine River
Pequot Lakes
Brainerd - VisitBrainerd.com
Brainerd - ExploreBrainerdLakes.com


Top 5 Festival Attractions in Bemidji
July 4th Water Carnival
Art in the Park
Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival
Fall Colors Covered Wagon Rides
First City of Arts: Studio Cruise


Top 5 Festival Attractions in Walker
Leech Lake Walleye Tournament: June 1-2
Walker Bay Days: August 3
Ethnic Fest-: September 7
Festival of Lights: November 29
Fall Has it All: September 19-October 5

Top 5 Festival Attractions in Pine River
Pine River Summerfest June 28-30
Cass County Fair June 27-June 30
Lakes Bluegrass Festival August 22-25
Arts Off 84 Art Crawl August 31-September 1
Pine River Duck Races

Top 5 Festival Attractions in Pequot Lakes
Cherry Car show
Stars & Stripes Days
Bean Hole Days
Chokecherry Festival
Taste of Pequot


Top 5 Festival Attractions in Nisswa
Nisswa Majestic Pines Arts Fair June 21-22
Nisswa Freedom Days Celebration: July 3
Nisswa Crazy Days: August 9-10
Nisswa Fall Festival and Smokin’ Hot BBQ Contest: September 21
Nisswa City of Lights Festival: November 29



Top 5 Festival Attractions in Brainerd
Brainerd’s American Celebration July 2-7, 2013
Brainerd Arts in the Park July 7, 2013
Minnesota Country Sampler Picnic at the Northland Arboretum July 17, 2013
Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest on 7th August 2-3, 2013
Oktoberfest at the Northland Arboretum October 4, 2013